USC Price School of Public Policy

SCI Instructors

  • Jay Alan, CA FPPC (bio)
    Tom Austin, Boeing (bio)
    Tony Beliz, Mental Health (bio)
    Kevin Coffey, LAPD (bio)
    Justin Feffer, District Attorney’s Office
    Steven Gregory, Correspondent/Consultant (bio)
    Elaine Jennings, DHS (bio)
    Bill Leider, William Leider Associates (bio)
    Alexandra Lieben, UCLA (bio)
    Brie Loskota, USC Dornsife (bio)
    Michael Orosz, USC Viterbi (bio)
    Doron Pely (bio)
  • Gisele Ragusa, USC Viterbi (bio)
    Mike Rendler, E7 Studios (bio)
    Opal Singleton, MillionKids (bio)
    Erroll Southers, USC SCI (bio)
    John Sullivan, LA Sheriff’s Department (bio)
    Emada Tingirides, LAPD (bio)
    Phillip Tingirides, LAPD (bio)
    Debbie Tull, Vention Works (bio)
    Norma Vega, American Red Cross (bio)
    Detlof von Winterfeldt, USC Price/Viterbi (bio)
    Ehsan Zaffar, George Washington University (bio)
    Frank Zerunyan, USC Price (bio)

Jay Alan


Jay Alan is a nationally-known communications expert with specialties in homeland security, emergency management, crisis, risk and strategic communications. Jay was appointed Deputy Director of Communications for the California Governor’s Office of Homeland Security by Governor Schwarzenegger in August of 2007, and served as Director of Communications for the subsequently formed California Emergency Management Agency. Before that the Governor had appointed him Communications Director at the California Conservation Corps. After serving California Governor’s Brown and Schwarzenegger, Jay spent almost a year working at U.S. Department of Homeland Security Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as a strategic communications advisor to Secretary Janet Napolitano’s Office of Academic Engagement. Upon arriving back in California, Jay is serving as a communications consultant, with recent clients including Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland.

Before entering public service Alan spent almost five years as an award- winning radio anchor and host on Newstalk 1530 KFBK-AM in Sacramento, as well as a talk show host for various radio stations around the country as well as some national programs. He also was co-host of “The Drive Home”, a nationally syndicated radio news program on America’s Radio News Network, based in Washington, D.C. His television experience includes being the main anchor at FOX 40 KTXL-TV in Sacramento, KPHO-TV in Phoenix, and WSET-TV in Lynchburg/Roanoke Virginia. His television experience also includes anchor, managing editor, and political reporting positions in Boise, Spokane, and Wausau, Wisconsin.

Jay is a graduate of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa with a degree in communications. Jay is also a graduate of The University of Southern California’s CREATE (Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events) program in counter-terrorism and is certified in Incident Command. Jay is the father of three daughters, Breanne, Morgan, and Shelby.

Dr. Thomas R. Austin


Dr. Thomas Austin is the Lead Threat Analyst for Global Supply Chain Security and Business Continuity, and the Lead System Architect for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Security Countermeasures Programs at The Boeing Company. He has 24 years of experience leading and supporting advanced research, design, development, test and evaluation of aerospace and defense programs and projects with Department of Homeland Security, United States Air Force, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and National Aeronautics and Space Administration government customers. He has designed and developed operational flight hardware for both military and commercial aircraft at Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. He has expertise working with federal government, industry and academia in the development of threat, vulnerability and security risk analyses software toolsets and data analytics, establishing public-private partnerships, and designing multilayered CBRNE security countermeasures systems to protect critical infrastructure, including commercial aviation, against asymmetric terrorist threats by adaptive adversaries under several DHS and DoD programs. Expertise includes terrorist behavioral modeling and analyses, systems engineering, assessment and integration of disruptive technologies, air vehicle wind tunnel testing and flight testing of aerodynamics and propulsion systems and technologies for advanced aircraft. Dr. Austin earned his B.S. (1986), M.S. (1987), and Ph.D. (1992) all in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Tony Beliz


Dr. Tony Beliz is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist who trains and lectures nationally and internationally on Behavioral Threat Assessment, Emerging Trends in Targeted Violence, Interviewing Strategies, and Trauma Event Management.

Dr. Beliz consults with school districts and national and international firms on risk management and special circumstances. He trains law enforcement, educators, mental health providers, and threat management teams on violence threat risk assessment and provides consultation on complex cases or high risk situations. Dr. Beliz has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, CBS, and local media about threat assessment and targeted violence. As the former Deputy Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Emergency Outreach Bureau Dr. Beliz started and supervised the School Threat Assessment Response Team (START) and Special Prevention Unit (SPU) where he evaluated, consulted, or supervised in excess of 800 cases involving persons of concern.

Dr. Beliz is currently Instructor, University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy Safe Communities Initiative focused on countering violent extremism. He serves as Expert Witness for the Los Angeles County Superior Court and State of California Board of Psychology. Dr. Beliz is certified as Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and American College of Forensic Examiners.

Dr. Beliz was formerly Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA School of Medicine and Clinical Fellow in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, California Association of Hostage Negotiators, and the American and California Psychological Associations.

Kevin Coffey


Detective III Kevin Coffey is a senior veteran with the Los Angeles Police Department and a nationally-known speaker and trainer. Kevin is the LAPD’s subject matter expert on missing child cases and has developed extensive expertise in the investigation and response to high-risk, abducted, and long-term missing child cases. Additional topics which Kevin has developed a high level of expertise on include juvenile delinquency prevention, community youth intervention, investigative response to critical incidents, as well as interviewing and interrogation training.

During his 35-year career with LAPD, he has worked a multitude of assignments which have provided him an in-depth look and understanding about various criminal and social facets that impact Los Angeles, the second largest city in the United States. In the 1990’s Detective Coffey founded the Los Angeles Airport Crimes Investigation Detail, which is responsible for the investigation and suppression of crime at LAX, the world’s sixth largest airport. While in this position, Coffey became keenly aware that additional strides in crime reduction could be better addressed by collaborating with and educating employees within other governmental organizations, as well as the private security industry. As a result of his success and leadership in this area, he became one of the LAPD’s first Private Security Liaison Officer’s, which was part of the LAPD’s creation of the “Law Enforcement and Private Security” (LEAPS) program in 2000.

In his later years, Coffey was promoted to the rank of Detective III and then became deeply engaged in the subject of juvenile delinquency, its root causes, as well as evidence-based, intervention efforts. His years of expertise in this field positioned him to become one of LAPD’s senior delinquency experts and frequently called upon consults with senior management of the LAPD, the Probation Department, Department of Children and Family Services, as well as other city, county, state, and federal entities.

He is one of the State of California’s leading law enforcement experts in the field of missing children and frequently trains law enforcement on the subject across the nation. He is a member of the both the State of California, as well as the County of Los Angeles County Child Abduction Task Forces.

Outside of the Department Coffey founded a travel risk reduction training company that assist Fortune 100 companies reduce risk for their international business travelers.

Detective Coffey’s multi-faceted law enforcement expertise has uniquely positioned him to become one of the USC’s Safe Community Institute’s instructors where he teaches the course “Government Multi-Disciplinary Collaborations.”

Steven Gregory


Steve Gregory has spent the last 11 years at KFI-AM Los Angeles – America’s most listened to News Talk Station. Steve has covered some of the nation’s biggest stories. From sleeping roadside in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, to backstage at the Academy Awards, Steve is one of the more versatile reporters in the field.

As an investigative reporter, Steve’s stories have uncovered a medical billing scam in the Arizona State Prison System, forced the demotion of a Deputy Chief in the Phoenix Police Department and sped up the public confession of a serial killer in San Diego. He’s exposed mold poisoning at an elementary school in LA County, and a first-ever jail break in the LA County Jail. He’s also been in the middle of some of the region’s most volatile riots and protests.

Steve is a six-time recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award. The Associated Press has given him numerous awards for Best Newscast, Best Special Program and Best Series. Steve has also won international media awards for features on the Phoenix Fire Department, the U.S. Border Patrol, and Arab-American comedians. He’s also won National Headliner and Communicator Awards. He is the winner of numerous Golden Mike® Awards for his coverage of breaking news and investigative features. His most recent Golden Mike Award was for coverage of the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, where he dodged gunfire and was attacked during a live report.

Elaine Jennings

Elaine Jennings is a highly accomplished professional with years of progressively increasing leadership responsibilities in homeland security. She has served in executive positions at the State of California in the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security at the California Emergency Management Agency. She was worked closely with executives to develop communication strategies that improve crisis response.

Ms. Jennings has created and led a number of initiatives in homeland security, counterterrorism, public safety and emergency management including California’s Large Stadium Initiative. She has supervised programs for technical support to local responders and emergency managers and has led several initiatives to improve state and local capability to prevent and respond to a WMD attack. Ms. Jennings is a certified intelligence analyst and serves as a subject matter expert for clients in homeland security and public safety including Superbowl 50. She currently works for Lawrence Livermore National Lab as a Homeland Security and Counterterrorism expert working with State and Local agencies to develop countermeasures to terrorist threats. Ms. Jennings holds a master’s degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval Post Graduate School.

Bill Leider


Bill Leider has an extensive background in executive leadership and management consulting, primarily in the areas of strategy (development and execution) and values-driven leadership, to a wide range of organizations, from Fortune 500’s to startups, in a variety of industries.

During his more than thirty-five years of management and consulting he has held positions in industry as CEO, President, Executive Vice President and Vice President,Finance in publicly traded and privately owned companies. He has held executive leadership positions in general management, marketing, sales, franchising, manufacturing, distribution and finance. He currently heads William Leider and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in values-driven leadership and strategy.

Some of his larger consulting clients have included: Toshiba, Oracle, Thermador, Vertis, KPMG Peat Marwick, Paramount Pictures and MGM.

Bill’s experience and success as a leader and a consultant have included an innovative approach to executable strategic planning, creatively assessing and strengthening Brands (which gave rise to his book, “Brand Delusions”), developing values driven organizations, improving team effectiveness and communication, and implementing cultural change. His involvement has consistently improved the bottom lines of the organizations for which he has worked.

Bill received his BS degree in business from UCLA.

He has also served on the Board of the Los Angeles chapter of the Entrepreneurship Institute; he has taught the business planning course in the Fast Trac program at the University of Southern California (USC); and he is currently a lecturer in the advanced education program of the SCI (Safe Communities Institute) at USC where he lectures on values-driven leadership and is a regular guest lecturer in the Masters program at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC.

Alexandra Lieben


Alexandra Lieben is the Deputy Director of the Burkle Center for International Relations. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy with a specialization in international conflict resolution from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a certified mediator. Lieben teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in international conflict resolution and international development as well as alternative dispute resolution at UCLA. From 2006 – 2009 Lieben served as Executive Director of the Concord Project at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. During her tenure she created “Concord LA”, a policy-based collaborative project between UCLA and community-based organizations to reduce gang violence in South Los Angeles.

Lieben is also a multi-cultural organization development consultant, working with small and large organizations. Her clients include UCLA Housing & Hospitality Services, a multi-unit division of UCLA with over 2000 employees.

Lieben’s background lies in the film and music industry in the United States and in Europe. She has had a successful career in international film, music, and event production; worked in bi- and often trilingual multicultural international settings, planning and executing small to large-scale projects, including budgeting, contract negotiations, fundraising, marketing and public relations.

Brie Loskota


Brie Loskota is the executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) at the University of Southern California. CRCC, which was named a Pew Center of Excellence in 2002, is a creative nexus where scholars, practitioners and thought-leaders interact to produce research and programs that bring new insight into the roles of religion in the public square.

In her capacity as executive director, Loskota oversees the Center’s strategic planning, media presence and relations with foundations and government agencies. She also conducts research, develops programs and seeds new ventures across CRCC’s areas of expertise.

Loskota’s research examines how religious groups change and how they make change in the world. Specifically, her work focuses on the evolving landscape of different religious communities in the U.S., builds capacity among faith-based non-profit organizations and facilitates partnerships between government agencies and faith groups on issues like disaster response.

Most recently, she served as program officer of the Center’s Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative, a $6.9 million global grant-making and research initiative sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation to transform the study of one of the world’s fastest growing religious movements.

Currently she is examining the ways religious groups prepare for and respond to disasters. This investigation is part of an initiative to create professional development courses that will enhance the ability of government agencies to partner with religious groups and to convene public/private roundtables around these issues. Along with partners at the USC National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (USC CREATE) and the National Disaster Interfaiths Network, Loskota is designing a comprehensive package of materials to ensure that FEMA’s Disaster Survival Assistance Teams are trained in religious competency and literacy as part of their disaster response. She also received a certificate in Counterterrorism from USC CREATE.

She is co-founder and special advisor to CRCC’s American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, a program that equips individuals between the ages of 25-40 with skills to enhance civic participation in their communities. Loskota has also served on the executive committees of the Passing the Mantle Clergy and Lay Leadership Institute, a USC program to develop civic leadership among African American clergy and lay leaders, and the Faith Leaders Institute, an alliance of Latino and African American clergy run by the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement.

Loskota speaks and writes frequently on topics such as interfaith engagement, faith-based human services and religious identity among post-Boomers. Her writing on these and other topics has appeared in Religion Dispatches, Huffington Post, Trans-Missions, the Wire, the Brookings Institute, the Aspen Institute and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Her work and commentary have also been featured in the Los Angeles Time, National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting, the Voice of America and Take Part Live.

She regularly lectures on religion and society—particularly on the intersection of religious and social currents in the Los Angeles region—and has spoken at conferences and meetings sponsored by the Asia Foundation, the U.S.-China Education Trust, Yale University, Union of Reform Judaism and Stanford University.

Loskota is actively involved in several community and non-profit groups that work at the intersection of religion and the public square, including Building Bridges, NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, Religion Dispatches, the Guibord Center: Religion Inside Out and Jewish World Watch, where she also chairs the Solar Cooker Project, an initiative that supplies solar cookers to Darfuri Refugees living in Chad. She also serves as the faith sector liaison for the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation, which coordinates private sector disaster response with the city’s Emergency Operations Center.

She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Prior to joining the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, Loskota served as the summer program director of the Face to Face/Faith to Faith Summer Institute, as an evaluator and strategic planner for faith-based organizations, a high school teacher and as a consultant on market research strategies and business management.

She received her M.A. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, studied Hebrew at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and completed her B.A. in history and religion at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Michael Orosz


Dr. Michael Orosz directs the Decision Systems Group at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute, is a Research Associate Professor in USC’s Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an investigator at the DHS-funded National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE). Dr. Orosz has over 30 years experience in commercial and government software development, basic and applied research and development, project management, academic research, and has developed and deployed several commercially successful products. His research interests include decision systems, open source intelligence, data analytics, cyber-security, physical infrastructure protection, predictive analysis, operational risk management and intelligent human-computer interfaces. Dr. Orosz has successfully led projects in developing command and control, intelligence analysis and model-based decision-support systems for applications ranging from protecting the Nation’s food supply, ensuring aviation and maritime security, protecting the Nation’s infrastructures and cities against terrorism events and enhanced C2I and analytics technologies used in the Intelligence Community. Dr. Orosz received a B.S. in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining USC, Dr. Orosz worked in the aerospace/defense/intelligence, motion picture entertainment, engineering consulting, and natural resource extraction (mining) industries.

Dr. Doron Pely


Having lived and worked for extended periods in several countries including Israel, Holland, the United Kingdom and the U.S., Dr. Pely has developed an interest and an expertise in the ways different cultures interact with each other, particularly in conflict and conflict resolution contexts.

Doron’s professional career spans a wide spectrum of activities, including active duty military service, undercover police intelligence, scientific programming and system analysis, journalism, international business intelligence, entrepreneurship, executive management, large-scale risk analysis, and cross cultural negotiations and conflict resolution.

Doron is the Executive Director of the Sulha Research Center (, in Shefa’amer, Israel, where he conducts extended ethnographic study of Muslim/Arab customary justice practices. He is also a managing partner at Market Info Group LLC ( – a Colorado-based business intelligence company.

Doron published in peer-review journals, exploring the place of honor, revenge in forgiveness in Muslim customary justice, the place of women in Muslim dispute resolution, and the similarities and differences between Muslim and Western dispute resolution approaches. Additionally, he published several fiction and non-fiction books, and his latest book, titled “Muslim-Arab Mediation and Conflict Resolution: Understanding Sulha” will be published in Q1 2016 by Routledge (UK).

Doron teaches and lectures on cross cultural conflict mitigation, conflict de-escalation, and Muslim/Arab dispute resolution practices at universities such as Tafts University, Hampshire College, UMASS Boston, US Military Academy West Point, The Inter Disciplinary Center (IDC), the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv University, as well in at community centers and mediation groups in mixed-communities municipalities.

Doron holds a BSc in Computer Science from California State University, Hayward, an MA in Dispute Resolution (with exceptional excellence) from UMASS Boston, and a PhD in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King’s College, London.

Doron is a licensed private pilot and a licensed paragliding pilot.

Dr. Gisele Ragusa


Dr. Ragusa is a professor at the University of Southern California (USC) in the Viterbi School of Engineering’s Division of Engineering Education. She chairs USC’s STEM Education and Research Consortium. Her research interests and areas of expertise include: engineering education, college access, STEM mentorship, STEM teacher education and retention, literacy education, content literacy, early childhood, special education and deaf education as well as assessment and measurement in STEM education.

She teaches courses in research design, measurement theory, critical pedagogy in STEM and courses in learning and instructional theory. She has extensive expertise in assessment, psychometrics, advanced quantitative analyses, and multimodal research design.

Prior to joining USC, Dr. Ragusa held an appointment as an assistant professor in special education and bilingual education at California State University, Northridge in addition to a faculty position at Pacific Oaks College.

She is active in many professional associations in engineering education. She has been the principal investigator on several federal grants through the US Department of Education, the National Institute of Health, and the National Science Foundation.

Mike Rendler


Michael Rendler has taught at various Community Colleges and State Universities in Architecture, CAD/BIM and GIS since 1999. He started his innovative understanding of computer-aided design for the built environment in 1981. His architectural work – projects such as the Venable House and Mariposa Apartment Buildings which has been published in international and national magazines. In 1987, he partnered with Glen Small (founder of the Biosphere) and ran a successful practice in the City of Santa Monica for more than 10 years. During this period, they built structural innovation and spectacular systems, which caught Hollywood’s attention, culminating with “Idol House.” In 1994, he had an installation at the Los Angeles Gallery “LA SEMILLA” (SEED), which gained the attention of the press and the field of higher education. During this installation, he investigated the connection between urban spaces and the neighborhood that need empowered by technology. In addition, Rendler was a keynote speaker at the 2009 National AIA with “Putting It ALLTogether, WhatTools, Which Process.” With local student talent and as part of a high-tech team, he designed the LACCD e7 Architecture Studio to produce the largest geospatial repository and scientific visualization tools that support decision making for a building’s life cycle. Rendler is a national leader with the buildingSMART Alliance, working on how to implement new technologies in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Owner-operated (AECO) world. He is also working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Safe School project to virtualize educational environments following national standards, energy demands and first-response scenarios. In 1982 he graduated from SCI ARC (Southern California Institute of Architecture), Rendler holds an architectural license in California.

Opal Singleton


Opal Singleton is the President and CEO of Million Kids and Board Member and Director of Development for Rapha House International. Both organizations exist to combat human trafficking in the U.S and Internationally. Opal has trained tens of thousands of Government Officials, School Administrators, Corporate Leaders, Social Outreach Organizations, Civic Leaders, Faith Based Organizations and prominent individuals about Human Trafficking in the U.S. and around the globe. Opal is also an Instructor at the USC Sol Price Safe Communities Institute. serves as the Training Outreach Coordinator for the Riverside County Anti Human Trafficking Task Force and is contracted for Training Services for the Riverside County Sheriff. Opal is the author of a new book Seduced, The Grooming of America’s Teenagers created to educate parents and grandparents about social media apps and on line gaming programs (MMORPG’s) and how they are used to access, groom and recruit unsuspecting teens so they can be exploited. The book is currently rated 5 stars by Amazon Senior Book Reviewers. Opal regularly appears on radio talk shows and TV throughout the nation educating listeners on sex trafficking, labor trafficking, sextortion, social media grooming and child pornography. Simply stated, Opal cares deeply about young people and their families.

Dr. Erroll Southers

Erroll Southers

Dr. Erroll Southers is the Director of the SCI Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies Program and award-winning Adjunct Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy. He is a former FBI Special Agent, Presidential nominee for TSA Administrator and California Governor’s appointee to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security. He holds roles around the world and throughout the international counterterrorism and national security arena. He is the author of Homegrown Violent Extremism, has testified before the full Congressional Committee on Homeland Security as a subject matter expert and appears on various media networks as a counterterrorism analyst. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University, and holds masters and doctoral degrees in public policy from USC.

Dr. John Sullivan


John P. Sullivan is a career police officer. He currently serves as a lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He is also an adjunct researcher at the Vortex Foundation in Bogotá, Colombia; a senior research fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism (CAST); and a senior fellow at Small Wars Journal-El Centro. He is co-editor of Countering Terrorism and WMD: Creating a Global Counter-Terrorism Network (Routledge, 2006) and Global Biosecurity: Threats and Responses (Routledge, 2010) and co-author of Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency: A Small Wars Journal-El Centro Anthology (iUniverse, 2011) and Studies in Gangs and Cartels (Routledge, 2013). He completed the CREATE Executive Program in Counter-Terrorism at the University of Southern California and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government form the College of William and Mary, a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis from the New School for Social Research, and a PhD, doctorate in Information and Knowledge Society, from the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) at the Open University of Catalonia (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) in Barcelona. His doctoral thesis was “Mexico’s Drug War: Cartels, Gangs, Sovereignty and the Network State.” His current research focus is the impact of transnational organized crime on sovereignty in Mexico and other countries.

Emada Tingirides


Sergeant Emada Tingirides was born in the city of Los Angeles to a single mother and was raised in Watts and South West Los Angeles. After one year in Monterey Park, Sergeant Tingirides moved to Chatsworth California throughout her High School and College years. Emada is the grandchild to a former Corrections Officer and teacher of 35 years, and the daughter of a nurse practitioner. It would only be a matter of time before she would decide to become a police officer in the City she grew up in and has a long family history.

In 1995 Emada joined the Los Angeles Police Department and completed her probationary period in the West Los Angeles Area. She worked in Downtown Los Angeles, Central Division before moving to Southwest Area where she served as a Senior Lead Officer for five years. Emada promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2006 and completed her probationary time in Harbor Division. In 2007, Southeast Area Community Police Station was in search of a supervisor who had the ability to overhaul and reinvigorate the Community Relations Office. Emada saw an opportunity to return to the community in which she was raised and transferred to Southeast Area with the goal of uniting a community and bridging the historical gap between law enforcement and the community it served. During this same time Emada returned to college and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from National University.

In 2011 Emada was selected by the Chief of Police to coordinate the Community Safety Partnership Program (CSP) along with Attorney Connie Rice of the Advancement Project. CSP has dedicated police officers assigned to four public housing developments in East Los Angeles and the community of Watts. The primary purpose of this program is relationship based policing, addressing quality of life issues in public housing, youth programing and providing safe passage for kids to get back and forth to school safely. Because of the CSP Program and the dedicated officers assigned to it; violent crime in the major public housing developments is down. Sergeant Tingirides’ singular dedication to nurturing relationships with the people and partners of South Los Angeles has inspired her subordinates to embrace the important tenets of community-based policing and with remarkable success. Her personal motto: “The impossible is truly possible.” Her goal is to expand the Community Safety Partnership Program into all 14 public housing Developments in the City of Los Angeles.

Emada continues to dedicate her law enforcement career to the South Los Angeles community while being married to the LAPD police Commander of Operations-South Bureau, the mother of two children and a beautiful blended family of six kids.

Phillip Tingirides


Commander Phillip C. Tingirides is a Los Angeles native who was born at Saint Francis Hospital in Lynwood, California. Both of his parents were born and raised in South Los Angeles and graduated from Washington High School. Commander Tingirides was raised in Los Angeles and Orange Counties with his brother and two sisters. After graduating from Lowell High School in Whittier, California, Commander Tingirides joined the United States Army and received Basic Training and Advanced Training as a Military Police Officer. He served for three years including tours in Germany and Key West Florida.

Upon receiving an Honorable discharge from the United States Army in 1979, Commander Tingirides returned to Los Angeles and on February 25, 1980, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Commander Tingirides followed in his Father’s footsteps, who retired from the LAPD in 1981 as an Assistant Watch Commander in 77th Street Patrol Division where he grew up. He began his career at Southeast Area upon graduation from the Los Angeles Police Academy. His assignments as a police officer included Southeast Patrol Division, Wilshire Patrol Division, Hollywood Patrol Division and Metropolitan Division.

In 1988, he was promoted to Sergeant and completed assignments in Central Patrol Division, Hollywood Patrol Division as a field supervisor, personnel complaint investigator and the Adjutant for the Hollywood Patrol Commanding Officer. He was also assigned to Hollywood Area as the Adjutant to the Area Commanding Officer and in Hollywood Vice for three years as a Prostitution Enforcement Detail supervisor, an undercover vice supervisor and the Acting Officer-in-Charge of the Hollywood Vice Unit. His last Hollywood assignment was as the Officer-in-Charge of the Hollywood Area Community Relations Office. In 1996 Commander Tingirides transferred to Harbor Area where he was assigned as the Officer-in-Charge of the Harbor Area, Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (CRASH) Unit. In 1998 he was assigned as the Aide to the Department Commander, assigned to the Office of the Chief of Police. It was during this time that Commander Tingirides was assigned to the then secret unit that was responsible for investigating the Rafael Perez corruption scandal. Shortly after arresting Rafael Perez; Commander Tingirides left that assignment and was the Officer-in-Charge of the Operations-Headquarters Bureau (OHB) Audit Unit and served as the Acting Adjutant for the Commanding Officer of OHB.

In 1999, Commander Tingirides was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and worked the following assignments, Harbor Patrol Division Watch Commander, Harbor Area Administrative Lieutenant, Operations-South Bureau (OSB) Vice Coordinator and Special Events Coordinator. It was during this assignment at OSB that the United States was attacked on September 11, 2001. This caused the OSB Special Events Unit to reevaluate and rewrite operations plans for all high profile events in OSB such as the Academy Awards, American Music Awards, and the Emmy Awards show which were all held at the Shrine Auditorium at that time. It also required a reevaluation of the security and response plans for OSB critical sites such as the Port of Los Angeles. In 2002 Commander Tingirides transferred to Harbor Area as the Detective Division Commanding Officer and served for 6 months as the Acting Patrol Division Commanding Officer. Commander Tingirides was then selected to be the first Harbor Gang Impact Team (GIT) Unit, Officer-in-Charge. Working in the GIT, Commander Tingirides was one of the first to begin establishing relationships with former gang members who were tired of the extreme gang violence in Los Angeles. Partnerships were created with gang interventionists in San Pedro, Wilmington and the Harbor Gateway. After growing those relationships over the next several years, Commander Tingirides recognized the tremendous value of relationship based policing. In 2005, Commander Tingirides transferred to Metropolitan Division where he worked as the Officer-in-Charge of the Mounted Unit and The Underwater Dive Unit.

On July 2, 2006, He was promoted to Commander and assigned as the Commanding Officer of Wilshire Patrol Division. On May 1, 2007, he transferred to Southeast Area as the Patrol Division Commanding Officer until July 2, 2007, when he began serving nearly 8 years as the Southeast Area Commanding Officer.

While serving at Southeast Area, Commander Tingirides returned to school and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.

Commander Tingirides is married to Sergeant Emada Tingirides. They have a blended family of six children. Sergeant Tingirides is assigned to OSB as the Department Coordinator for the LAPD/Housing Authority City of Los Angeles (HACLA), Community Safety Partnership (CSP) program. The CSP is a relationship based policing program that focuses on the youth and building relationships in the communities where the relationships have traditionally been the worst. Working together to bring hope and a functional relationship to those living in the HACLA public housing developments as well as partnering with gang intervention and established a new era specifically in the community of Watts. Watts has seen a very significant drop in violent crime and established a line of communication and trust between the police and the community.

On January 25, 2015, Commander Tingirides was transferred to OSB as the Assistant Commanding Officer where he is committed to continue to grow relationship based policing in the LAPD and broaden partnerships with people and organizations outside the LAPD.

Dr. Deborah Tull


Dr. Tull created VentionWorks, LLC in 2013 to address the strategic planning and training needs of schools, colleges, universities, businesses and industry to develop safe and secure learning and workplace environments which optimize individual wellness and productivity. The strategic planning and training efforts target mental health sensitivity and awareness issues and violence prevention.

Dr. Tull brings over 30 years of administrative experience in the development, implementation, management, supervision and evaluation of numerous local, state, and federal programs centering on at-risk college students, victims of community violence, and individuals in recovery from mental health challenges. Her leadership has made significant impact within the Los Angeles Community College District, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, State of California Cal Works Programs, California Community College Chancellor’s Office and the California Community College Student Mental Health Program.

Understanding that educational institutions frequently lack the fiscal resources for professional development and student centered success programs she created a Grant Development Division within VentionWorks. Dr. Tull has a 30 year history of successfully developing local, state and federal grant applications with full program implementation.

Norma A. Vega


Norma Vega currently serves as Chief Strategy & External Relations Officer for the American Red Cross, LA Region where she oversees community engagement strategies as part of PrepareLA – a multi-hazard resiliency and preparedness campaign. She also oversees all government relations as well as national partnerships with Latino organizations. She is also founder & president of Navegate, Inc., a social equity consulting firm assisting clients in the areas of advocacy, Latino engagement, public affairs, and government relations.

Ms. Vega worked in Washington, DC as a Senior Advocacy Consultant at the Ibarra Strategy Group – a government and public affairs firm where she handled intergovernmental support, external communications, Latino outreach, and political affairs.

Previously, Ms. Vega served as Executive Director of the Office of the Census 2010 in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She developed a citywide educational and community outreach campaign that resulted in the highest mail participation rate of any other comparable city and thus ensured that California did not lose a congressional seat, as originally predicted. She had also served as the Mayor’s Area Director and liaison to the community, civic groups, and city departments.

She began her career at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) as a paralegal. Later as the Belmont Parent School Partnership Director, she organized parents to ensure the construction of a much-needed high school and a joint-use park (the first new public park to have been built in downtown LA, since 1895). She then served as a national trainer where she partnered with parent groups, teachers, school district administrators, and community stakeholders to implement effective parent engagement strategies. At the same time, she worked with parents locally to develop and execute a successful grass-roots legal campaign and organized a coalition of community stakeholders. This resulted in the savings of $95 million and the construction of the schools at the former Ambassador Hotel site – the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools.

Norma Vega has dedicated her career to advocating and organizing for social justice issues and enhancing the quality of life for underserved communities. She supports several non-profits and advocacy campaigns. Ms. Vega is a first generation college graduate. She attended University of California, Irvine and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Criminology, Law & Society. She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in the Pico Union area of Los Angeles.

Dr. Detlof von Winterfeldt


Detlof von Winterfeldt is a Professor at the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering of the Viterbi School of Engineering and a Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Price School of Public Policy at USC. In 2004 he co-founded the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), the first university-based center of excellence funded by the US Department of Homeland Security.

He served as CREATE’s director from 2004 to 2008 and he was reappointed to this position in 2015. In the interim, he was on leave of absence from USC as Director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (2009-2012) and as Centennial Professor of the London School of Economics and Political Science (2008-2012). Throughout his academic career he has been active in teaching, research, university administration, and consulting. He has taught courses in statistics, decision analysis, risk analysis, systems analysis, research design, and behavioral decision research. His research interests are in the foundation and practice of decision and risk analysis applied to the areas of technology development, environmental risks, natural hazards and terrorism. He is the co-author of two books, two edited volumes, and author or co-author of over 120 refereed articles and chapter. He has served on many committees and panels of the U.S. National Academies and the U.S. National Science Foundation, including an appointment to the National Academies’ Board on Mathematical Sciences and their Applications. He is an elected Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and of the Society for Risk Analysis. In 2000 he received the Ramsey Medal for distinguished contributions to decision analysis from the Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS. In 2009 he received the Gold Medal from the International Society for Multicriteria Decision Making for advancing the field. In 2011 The Council of IIASA elected him as Honorary IIASA Scholar and in 2012 he received the distinguished achievement award by the Society for Risk Analysis.

Ehsan Zaffar, J.D.


Ehsan Zaffar serves as a Senior Advisor at the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C. where he advises the Secretary of Homeland Security and DHS components on the civil rights and civil liberties implications of existing and proposed national security policies, programs, and procedures. Mr. Zaffar works with young adults and diverse communities throughout the country to promote resilience against bigotry, intolerance and extremism in the wake of homeland security incidents. Mr. Zaffar also leads the Department’s efforts to implement UNHRC Resolution 16/18 to combat intolerance and violence against persons on the basis of religion or belief.

He is a member of the faculties of Washington College of Law at American University, John Marshall Law School, George Mason University, and George Washington University. He teaches courses on homeland security policy, as well as privacy and surveillance law and has lectured to audiences on these issues in Spain, Greece, Indonesia, Norway, Dubai, Italy and Pakistan.

Prior to government service, Mr. Zaffar worked on human rights and rule of law issues in post-disaster and post-conflict environments both domestically and abroad. Mr. Zaffar earned his JD in 2008 from Pepperdine University School of Law where he also completed his Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute. He is licensed to practice law in California and the District of Columbia and is a panel mediator on national security and civil rights matters with the Agency for Dispute Resolution. He serves on the board of directors at Developments in Literacy (DIL), a non-profit organization that develops teacher training tools for women in South and Southeast Asia as well as the Amani Institute, a social entrepreneurship curriculum training institute in Kenya. He has previously served as a liaison to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Standing Committee on National Security Law and as Vice-Chair of the ABA’s Section of International Law (Asia/Pacific Committee).

Mr. Zaffar’s writing has appeared on, Slate, and The Huffington Post. His book Understanding Homeland Security: Foundations of Security Policy will be published in late 2016 by Routledge Press.

Frank Zerunyan, J.D.


Frank Vram Zerunyan, J.D. is a Professor of the Practice of Governance at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and Director of Executive Education at USC Price Bedrosian Center on Governance. His key areas of expertise include Local Governments, Public Private Partnerships, Civic Leadership, Land Use, Regulation, Negotiation and Executive Education. He teaches graduate courses on Intersectoral Leadership, Business and Public Policy, International Issues in Public Policy, Negotiation as well as International Laboratory. Frank also lectures locally and globally to build capacity and foster leadership among public executives worldwide.

Frank is a two term Mayor and still serving Councilmember in the City of Rolling Hills Estates, California. In his role as a public official, after serving as Chair of the Planning Commission in Rolling Hills Estates, Frank was elected to the City Council in 2003 and re-elected in 2007 and 2011. He previously served and continues to serve on various regional public boards, including law enforcement, sanitation, technology and transit. He has chaired and continues to chair select city government committees in Rolling Hills Estates. Frank’s public service on various local government policy committees extends statewide with the California League of Cities, California Contract Cities Association and Southern California Association of Governments. In 2008, Frank was elected and assumed a leadership role as the 52nd President of California Contracts Cities Association, the second largest municipal organization in the state of California with approximately 70 member cities and 7 million residents.

As a gubernatorial appointee under Governor Schwarzenegger, Frank was a state regulator serving on the Medical Board of California in the Department of Consumer Affairs. He was elected by the Board to serve as its Vice President. After five years of service on the Medical Board, Frank’s term expired in June of 2011. His responsibilities on the Medical Board included the promulgation of regulation, professional discipline and the sixty million plus budget of the Medical Board.

In January of 2013, Frank was appointed to an ad hoc experts committee on capacity building in public administration at the United Nations Division for Public Administration and Development Management in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. In that capacity, he lectures and conducts capacity building seminars at UN headquarters in New York as well as at UN Forums around the world. Also, as part of his global academic service focused on governance, Frank was recently appointed to the Editorial Council of the Public Administration Scientific Journal for the Republic Armenia.

Frank has more than 30 years of comprehensive and multi-sectorial experience as a lawyer, author, consultant, director, board member, professor and public servant. Frank has been honored as one of Southern California Magazine’s Super Lawyers since 2004, The Legal Network’s Top Lawyers in California, Marquis’ Who’s Who in America and American Law and Government institutions like the California Assembly, the California Senate, the County of Los Angeles and various city governments for his leadership in the public sector. In the not for profit sector, Frank chaired the Daniel Freeman Hospitals Foundation in 2001-02 and oversaw the successful distribution of $8 million in gifts. He has acted as a policy advisor and counsel to the Armenian National Committee of America in Washington DC. Frank also served as chairman of the Board of Governors of the worldwide Armenian Bar Association. As a lawyer, he is licensed to practice law in California, District of Columbia (inactive), Courts of International Trade, Federal Courts in the 9th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

Frank earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Western State University College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach. He also completed his advanced legal studies in Corporate Taxation at the University of Southern California Law Center. He is a graduate of California League of Cities’ Leadership Institute.